Cru cards improve for fall semester

The scanners at Hardy, the SUB and Chapel are not the only locations Crusaders will be swiping their student IDs come fall 2011.

The new ID program will equip Cru Cards with an assortment of functions.

Senior Vice President for Administration and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Steve Theodore looks forward to the development of the new program, which will serve a variety of student needs.

“We’re really excited about the additional services like vending machines, off-campus merchants, the bookstore (and) the post office,” he said.

CBORD is the company the university is using to produce the one-card system. It will allow students access to dorms, as well as on and off-campus dining, library and printing services.

Additionally, the program will make management of software services easier on Cru Card staff than in the past. Currently, UMHB provides limited services on the student IDs, because each service uses a separate software system.

Cru Card office manager Jessica Roush described maintaining and servicing each software system as “cumbersome” and problematic for students as well as the university. Roush discussed the new changes taking place.

“We are now in the process of incorporating all services onto one software system, which should make the system more user friendly for students, our staff in the Cru Card office, and other business-related offices,” she said.

Roush believes this new program trumps the old because the one-card system merges the management of services into a single system, allowing students to accomplish multiple tasks related to campus life.

Theodore explained how the university is partnering with a company called Manage My ID that will eliminate the hassle parents and students encounter when trying to get money on their accounts once Cru Bucks run out. Parents will simply visit the UMHB website, upload money to their student’s account. This money will be called Cru Cash, which can be spent on or off-campus.

The pilot for the new ID program began March 23 and ends this semester. SGA officers are testing the new cards.

Sophomore nursing major Ashleigh Holden, director of resources, reported not having any issues using her ID in the pilot. So far she has used the new card at The SUB and Schlotzsky’s.

“I am very impressed by the program and hope it will continue to flourish and that more restaurants will become interested in allowing students to use their cards,” she said.

Theodore discussed what services students can expect from their cards in fall 2011

“Some of these services include card access in the residence halls, on campus dining services, UMHB Bookstore (book vouchers and retail purchasing), selected Dr Pepper machines around campus, GoPrint, Townsend Library, UMHB Post Office, and off campus dining locations such as Belton Schlotzsky’s and Bodega Bean,” he said.

“Students and parents will have the ability to deposit funds and manage their accounts online.”

Current students had the opportunity to take a picture for their new IDs.

Theodore said, “We look forward to adding more local merchants to our program and believe that students and parents will enjoy the ease and flexibility of using the new Cru Card.”

Author: Chelesea Carter

Chelesea Carter is a senior English major minoring in writing at UMHB. She is an assistant page editor for The Bells newspaper. Though she came from the small town of Caldwell, Texas, she spent most of her teenage years in Aggieland. Chelesea enjoys baking delicious goodies, reading novels and discovering new things about others. Writing about social issues allows Chelesea to share her compassion for helping others. Her life-long goal is to improve the desolate state of the world.

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